The city's new mayor then laid out the challenges ahead: Improving schools, ending gun violence and downsizing a city government taxpayers can no longer afford. And he asked Chicagoans, the City Council and the business community to help him.
"Our problems are large, but so is our capacity to solve them -- only if all those who profess a love for this City of Big Shoulders are willing to bear the responsibility for keeping it strong," Emanuel told a crowd of several thousand at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
"So today, I ask of each of you -- those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly," he said. "If everyone will give a little, no one will have to give too much."
Change was the overarching theme of his 25-minute speech.
'I was completely and utterly moved'
12:25 p.m. CDT May 16, 2011
Several people who listened to Emanuel's speech said they were impressed.
"I was completely and utterly moved," Lincoln Park resident Rebecca Korach Woan said as she left Millennium Park. "Instead of talking in platitudes, he talked about so many specific people. This really resonated with me. This is someone who's coming to his job with great conviction. I'm really excited to see what he will do."
Mike Doyle, a parent and PTA member, said he was glad to hear Emanuel call on parents to get involved in their children's education and other activities.
"I had never seen him speak before," Doyle said. "He wasn't a particularly charismatic speaker, (but) he hit a lot of touchpoints and seems to know what he wants to do."
Emanuel's inauguration underway
10:57 a.m. CDT May 16, 2011
Chicago's aldermen were introduced a few minutes earlier, after the Chicago Children's Choir performed for about a half hour.
The lawn was less than half full when Emanuel walked onto the stage.